Death by cop

Scout Schultz, a Georgia Tech student, who identified as non-binary and intersex and was president of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, called 911 early Sunday morning, reporting "a person with a knife and a gun" on campus. He then went into a parking lot and waited, holding a multi-tool pocket tool with no blade exposed. Campus police arrived shortly after and surrounded Schultz with guns drawn, yelling at them to "drop the knife."

Schultz walked slowly towards the officers.

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Slow news day

I woke up with a headache. The day has so far not improved much. In the background I am working on an essay for the upcoming 25th anniversary of beginning my transition. But that is still a dozen days away.

So I did my morning Google search for news of the transgender community and it was mostly the same old same old. Trump's transgender ban, dead-naming, what transgender person has most recently gone public? What school parents have most recently expressed outrage that transgender people exist?

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Pentagon to allow transgender re-ups

On Friday the Pentagon released guidance that transgender service members currently serving will be allowed to re-enlist as the study of how to implement Trumps ban proceeds.

Friday's memo also announced that the deputy defense secretary and the vice chair of the Joint Chiefs would lead the panel, which may include "outside experts," which will study implementation of the ban.

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New surgical technique

Hayley Anthony is a transgender woman who helped design a new surgical technique for male to female gender affirmation surgery.

Dr. Jess Ting is director of surgery at the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Important information I do not have available is the names of the doctors in India who actually made the medical advance. Anthony discovered a paper on their research somewhere on the web and shared it with Dr. Ting.

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Amendment filed to delay trans ban

Kirsten Gillibrand and Susan Collins have filed an amendment to the NDAA that would delay implementation of the ban on transgender people serving in the military.

Action on the ban would be delayed until at least 60 days after SecDef Mattis finalizes his review and submits a report to Congress, which is expected to take us to spring of 2018.

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His friends say he was not transgender

Anthony Torres, an activist, artist and DJ who is known as Bubbles, was reportedly shot and killed on the same block as the New Century strip club on Larkin and Myrtle streets around 3 a.m., according to his attorney Jim Reilly.

This is a hate crime. The details are still coming out… For a transgender activist to be gunned down on [his] own street shouldn’t stand and won’t stand.

--Reilly

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Responding

Renee Thomas is a 59-year-old architect and lighting designer living in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, so she has always been drawn to the water.

But Thomas also is well aware of the ocean's fury. Like many, she watched in horror when the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina and water flooded neighborhoods, forcing people to await rescue on roofs and highway overpasses.

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